Aravinda de Silva is getting used to his new life as Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors and axing big name ex-teammates is just part of the package.
De Silva, now 45, omitted Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas from the final 15-man squad for the February 19-April 2 World Cup, to be held in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh; and he accepts not all decisions will be popular.
"It’s not an easy job but I am enjoying it," de Silva told Reuters by telephone from his home in Colombo, of the position he assumed last May.
"It’s a thankless job, actually. But we had to pick the best team, so we did."
The stocky, diminutive de Silva scored an unbeaten 107 to inspire his team’s shock World Cup final win in 1996 when tournament underdogs Sri Lanka upset favourites Australia in Lahore.